This half term broaden their horizons – right here in the Chilterns!
Half-term is almost upon us and with changeable weather likely, you may be wondering how to keep your kids busy? Never fear, activities across the Chilterns are reopening and ready to roll!
Ridgeway 50 activities
This year is the Ridgeway’s 50th anniversary since it was opened as a National Trail, so to celebrate, there’s a programme of discovery and events, which you can visit. View the Ridgeway 50 programme.
As well as these upcoming anniversary events, take a look at the #Ridgeway Spotter, a free monthly magazine challenging everyone to enjoy the Ridgeway and discover new seasonal sights, sounds and changes. The perfect guide to a walk anywhere along the Ridgeway, the whole family can discover more about our environment and history, as half term kicks off.
Are they big into animals? Visit Hogshaw Farm & Wildlife Park near East Claydon. This half term, discover The Zoo that Comes to You! Animal Adventures Week will bring puppets, music and characters to the farm, as well as the usual animal encounters, indoor and outdoor play areas, café and loads of space for running around. Sure to be a roaring success and available from 11th – 19th February, 10am – 5.30pm.
Widmer Farm Park is a brand new outdoor farm attraction between High Wycombe and Aylesbury with lots of animals that can’t wait to meet you. See Llamas, Alpacas, Sheep, Goats, Donkeys and Horses.
Lane End is home to Lacey’s Farm – visit their website for details of three beautiful walks from the farm in and around the Hambleden Valley – a real gem at the heart of the Chilterns. The walks vary from an easy 1.5m farm trail, a 4 mile pub stomp and a more challenging 12m day out. Lacey’s Farm shop offers quality local produce including fruit and veg, bakery, delicatessen produce and dairy (kids will love their ice-cream!)
Braziers Park on the edge of Ipsden near Wallingford is a beautiful country house and estate housing an education and events centre. In February the grounds are carpeted in the most amazing snowdrops and the public are invited to a ‘Snowdrop Tea’ – explore the gardens and take tea and cakes in the house (11th – 12th). On Sunday 19th February, there’s a fun-filled Forest School session suitable for all ages.
What to do on wet weather days…
Here are some ideas for challenging and keeping them busy, even in a downpour!
- Discover Bucks Museum has a new exhibition until 15th April called Your Amazing Brain. Find out how your brain works with family fun activities including over 15 interactive puzzles and mind-bending illusions. Discover how your brain can play tricks on you and get ready for some surprising experiences!
- For younger children, revisit the Roald Dahl Museum to get playful with all things Matilda :: drama workshops, behind-the-scenes insights, a chance to be creative with pottery and junk. Open 11th – 18th February from 10am – 4.30pm.
- Explore West Wycombe caves for a spooky tour extending 0.25m underground. There’s a wide choice of thriving cafes in the area including the Apple Orchard Cafe café in West Wycombe and the Red Lion Tea Room tea room in nearby Bradenham.
A chalk stream, far-reaching valley views, a tucked-away Manor House and the mewing of red kites for company on this circular Chess Valley walk.
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Summer sorted with the National Trust’s Summer of Play in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire sponsored by Starling Bank
The National Trust’s Summer of Play invites families over the summer school holidays to experience Trust places in new and exciting ways.